Along with our Bishop, Robert McElroy, I invite you to participate in this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA): Responding to God’s Grace. Bishop McElroy states in the ACA pledge brochure, “God pours forth grace to each of us every day of our lives, inviting us to share ever more deeply in his life of mercy, justice and compassion… In responding to God’s call to grace and stewardship, which lies at the heart of our participation in the life of the church – we do so by supporting our parishes, schools, catechetical programs, service programs for the poor, the unborn, and the marginalized through our Diocesan Annual Appeal.”
The ACA also supports the training of seminarians, the ongoing formation of all of our priests, and care for elderly and retired priests. It also supports our youth and young adult ministries as well as to those who are imprisoned, and many other ministries and outreach programs.
Based on the Diocesan-wide target of $3.5 million, our parish ACA assessment for 2019 is $50,000. Your generosity in the past assures me that we will be able to make and even exceed that goal. Once we reach our goal, any funds pledged and paid over our assessed amount are returned to the parish. Indeed, we received a rebate for last year’s ACA of about $16,000.
This weekend, at the Masses, we have available the “Responding to God’s Grace” brochure with attached pledge envelope. Please prayerfully consider what you can pledge this year. No payment is required when you make the pledge, though you can include partial or full payment if you prefer. You can put the completed response envelope in the basket today, or bring it back in the next few weeks. You can also mail it in or bring it back any time, or make your pledge online at www.sdcatholic.org (be sure to designate St. Catherine Labouré as your parish).
May our response to the grace of God fill our diocese with the Good News, and our hearts with God’s love and peace!
We are so very grateful for your consideration to donate to this appeal. You can click here to donate through the Diocesan website (please select St. Catherine’s as your parish).